After several major delays, the Mercedes-AMG One has finally landed in production. It may be the most complex and incredible hypercar that has ever hit the road but according to Mercedes, those roads will not be in America.
Despite all the well-deserved buzz around the stunning AMG ONE, we’ve never heard of any time when U.S. customers could pick up their cars. Our editor-in-chief noticed this and reached out to Mercedes to clarify the situation. They have now confirmed to Carscopes that the Mercedes-AMG Hypercar with F1-derived 1,049 HP 1.6-liter V6 engine will not be the equivalent for the US market.
Mercedes informed us that it has sent a letter today, June 1, 2022 to all interested customers in the state, informing them that ONE will not be officially sold in this part of the world. The full text of the letter is attached below so sit back and explain to Mercedes why we can’t get the Hypercar (okay, see) which is limited to just 275 units with a net worth starting from 75 2.75 million in Europe. Today’s exchange rate before country-specific taxes is 2.93 million. Remember, Mercedes says it has spoken for all 275 vehicles.
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“AMG-One was created with a single goal in mind – the direct technology transfer of the World Championship-winning Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1E performance drive unit – envisioned for the road. The adaptation of a complete Formula 1 drive unit to a road car is unprecedented.
With 1,000+ horsepower, four electric motors and a top speed of over 217 miles per hour, each component of the AMG ONE is designed to redefine high performance. Although the origins of its engines lie in competition, the constant development and refinement has left us with a difficult decision for the US market.
To preserve the unique character of its Formula 1 powertrain, We conclude that meeting U.S. road standards will significantly compromise its effectiveness and overall driving character.. We have made a strategic decision to offer the car for road use in Europe, where it meets the applicable regulations. “
If this is the first time that U.S. consumers are hearing about it, which shouldn’t be the case, then we realize it’s more than a bit unprepared. The AMG One could very well finish the kind of internal combustion hypercar that Mercedes would ever make.
Still, we wouldn’t be entirely surprised if a few finally make their way to the state through the federal government’s “Show and Display” Exemption Act. This regulation allows the import of vehicles similar to those of AMG ONE but restricts it to 2,500-mile driving per year.
Other vehicles imported under this specific law include the McLaren Speedtail, Koenigsegg One: 1 and the Bugatti EB110. We just hope it doesn’t take too long before we look at one state.